Tao Downtown

4.6
3099 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Pan-Asian
For more reservation availability, please visit TaoDowntown.com or call 212-888-2724.

Tao Downtown is open for Sunday - Thursday and Sunday from 5:00pm - 12:00am and Friday - Saturday from 5:00pm - 2:00am.

We accept reservations up to one month in advance.
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SJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect in every way. The ambiance and service only added to the experience. This restaurant is a new favorite.

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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PJ was our waiter and he was kind and courteous he made my daughters birthday special but it would have been great to have them sing happy birthday to her but overall I’d come again!!

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

TAO has stunning decor, good service. I loved the lobster wonton in mushroom broth, the chicken satay is the best I ever had! I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for sushi though... subpar at best. We decided to take pics on our way out, and was joined by mice:-( not a good way to end the night.

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MA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

went there on sunday night with friends. The food was quite tasty and larger than average portions which is nice since it is quite pricey. However I would be hesitant to recommend this place to friends as the service was quite bad. The restaurant was fairly empty and after the initial hello, our waiter disappeared for long periods of time. Someone else took our order and someone else dropped off the food. Our drinks took forever and the food came out with long intervals in between dishes. I am not sure how this place does when it is actually busy. Our bill also came with 4 drinks on it that we never ordered. They did fix it in the end, but it goes to show how little the waitor paid attention to us or our needs. The service sure could use a tune up.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tao is always a great experience. Great environment and food is always delicious. Drinks are nice and tasteful. Always recommend Tao.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved the place, I had a great time. Just felt a bit rushed towards the end but overall amazing!

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MJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brought guests from out of town and they LOVED it.

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p
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I'm only in NYC for a few weeks and I've been here three times already. Best food, atmosphere, friendly servers...the decor and layout are even better than at their uptown location!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, service was excellent, they also have a nice selection of cocktails.

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y
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything wad perfect as per usual! I never get tired of eating here, chicken lollipops are so good tried the red fried snapper and it was awesome

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Appetizers were great but the duck for two was not as expected

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FS
New England
58 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We used to love going here. Now it feels like a top tourist destination. We were constantly looking for our waiter. The food was good but over salted. The concept is still really attractive but it needs a face lift.

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g
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was very good even though we felt our server was a bit rushed. The food was good, but overpriced. We have been here last year on our regular visit to NYC, and we felt the quality had deteriorated. It was very noisy and we couldn't hear each other across the table.
On a different note, I don't understand why our credit card bill cannot be processed at the table. In Europe and Asia, the server brings an EMV chip card reader to the table and and the transaction is done within sight of the customer. The credit card is never out of sight. I wish the US restaurants followed the same procedure. I am very uncomfortable whenever my credit card is out of my sight. This procedure protects both the merchant and the customer and is a deterrent for fraudulent practice.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Love this restaurant

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GM
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Bel locale cibo buono un po’ rumoroso

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NK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Tao! everything on the menu is delicious and it is a great place with good vibes.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing the best in town

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We came for a celebration, expecting great food and ambiance. The restaurant was not busy yet we struggled to get attention from any of the many wait staff,when we did they were unfriendly and disinterested. Our main courses arrived before the starters. Food was served luke warm, sushi was not fresh (we sent it back), they had not taken care to remove large bones from the black cod ($45 for a small piece you'd expect they'd make the effort). Food was dissapointing and definitely not worth the inflated prices.

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WS
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I would recommend Tao to a friend with a but ... but I would say to them, "Buddakahn is better."

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

En tu visita a New York City no puedes dejar de visitar este hermoso restaurante, una experiencia única en su estilo

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. had

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NK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tao has very good food! Although, our waitress was way more polite to the party next to us, greeting them nicely and having a conversation with them. She just handed us the menu and went along. Otherwise that minor problem, this restaurant is amazing i recommend !!

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD! and lovely setting!

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ED
Adelaide / SA
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would only go back for drinks and appetizers The appetizers were very good.. Sea bass satay. Excellent; rice and tuna tartar combo was delicious. Berry's and bubbly cocktail was yummy; however all entrees were nothing special-orange chicken was rubbery.. my son preferred panda! My sea bass was just ok; no one like the veggie friend rice; the cauliflower appetizer was overly spicy, my son loved his beef and broccoli dinner, and black chili chicken was good but for all of the entrees nothing stood out and it was over $400 for 4 people . So my recommendation is the money would be much better spent at buddakhan where I have only had amazing food and every visit is an awesome experience!!!

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GQ
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere is amazing and the wait staff does a fantastic job. The food is super good... would totally go again when in town!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Been here before and has a wonderful experience. Came after work the other day & received horrible service. Its almost as if the servers wanted nothing to so with me because I was wearing athletic shoes since I walk home. Definitely not an everyday dining restaurant. Took 15 minutes once we arrived to even have anyone take our drink order & we were very parched from the heat. We placed the entire order & before the drinks even came back the food arrived. Almost instantly. Its as if they just wanted us to leave because we came after work in business casual instead of cocktail attire. I felt very judged and I will not be returning to this restaurant. Definitely not an everyday dining place. Lots of better options where they servers actually care about you. We only saw the waitress once & I had to ask numerous people for a refill. Then the check was wrong, but we were so fed up with being judged, we just took the difference out of her tip. Horrible experience over. In and out in 20 minutes. Last time it took 2 hours. They definitely did not want us there because we did not “look the part”. Ive never felt so judged in my life.

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CD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the atmosphere. The food was served on time.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant for my partners birthday. All guests were so pleased!! Thank YOU Tao!

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful - but I had a challenge with knowing about Tao Downtown and Tao Uptown. Not sure if that could be made clearer - I went to the wrong restaurant. The food was really good, the ambience was hopping, and the service was really good too. Bit too much birthday party and not quite enough attitude, but overall was a lot of fun.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and very nice service they work fast

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration for my nieces 18th bday. Food was excellent!

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EA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I have eaten at TAO several times and this last visit fell short. What's upsetting is I was having dinner with a friend from out of state. Service was slow even for a 6PM dinner and our waiter was less than enthusiastic when we asked him for food recommendations. One of the reasons we chose TAO Downtown was because of the pride fortune cookie dessert special they were having only at this location. We specifically asked our waiter if they dessert would be decorated as shown on Instagram and he confirmed. When the dessert came there was nothing special about the dessert and it was the exact same fortune cookie TAO offers all year round. Not a good look especially if you are promoting an item on social media. When we mentioned it to our waiter but he didn't seem to care one bit. Funny as we were paying our bill the couple sitting two tables away from us received their fortune cookie with plenty of pride colors and it was presented to them with a happy pleasant smile from their waiter. Overall food is always amazing.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

krista was delightful and our server was extremely spot on and provided great customer service.

the drinks were good and the food was OK a bit overpriced for the serving size but that was expected.

beautiful restaurant overall.

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good for pre party.
Not good for «dinner with bae»

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, venue is gorgeous, drinks a bit pricey, food was good, had jumbo shrimp, nothing was jumbo about them!! Other than that had fantastic time, my date was very impressed!

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UI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Always a great time. Looking forward to going back in the near future.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Out of town visitors

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WW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Weer een geweldige totaal ervaring. Van tevoren gevraagd om een tafel op de trap en deze ook gekregen. Op de trap heb je een geweldig uitzicht over het fantastische restaurant. De bediening is adequaat al werd de aandacht van de bediening wat minder toen het drukker werd. Het eten was weer geweldig. Aanrader.

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents there on a special treat. I had been there before and really loved it. My father gave it a 10! He has NEVER given any place a full 10 for food, service, ambiance all combined. Very impressed. Will certainly come back for special occasions and when in the mood for elegant dining and a great experience.

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